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Twilight bit her lip and sighed. "Megan…you've been to Equestria before, haven't you." She chuckled nervously and looked away. "It was your reactions to everything around you, as if you've seen them before, and they changed."

When an unlikely accident involving a teleport spell, a Sonic Rainboom and an exceedingly pissed off dragon punches a hole through space-time, the Mane Six accidentally reach into a different world. This leads them to encounter a "human" called Megan, along with her family... and eventually discover that Megan's not only been to Equestria before, but may well have played a central role in its History. And her role might not be over yet...

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The Elements of Harmony and the Savior of Worlds is an ongoing crossover between My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, the original G1 My Little Pony and a lot more besides. It interprets the new series as being set in the distant future of the original, and examines how "Dream Valley" could eventually become "Equestria". Collectively, this universe is known as "The Hasbroverse," since it contains not only MLP but every Hasbro cartoon in The '80s. The most notable entries are the original G.I. Joe and Transformers Generation One, but "Jem and the Holograms," and "The Inhumanoids" are also mentioned as being part of this world.

Originally posted at SpaceBattles (thread 2 found here). Can be found at Fanfiction.net and FiMFiction.

    canonical stories of the Hasbroverse 
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There are also two non-canon Omake threads on Space Battles, here, and here.

There is also a live read from Martialartfruituser starting from chapter 1 here.


The Elements of Harmony and the Savior of Worlds contains examples of:

  • Abled in the Adaptation: Downplayed, Chip Chase was wheelchair-bound in his childhood, but now can walk thanks to Cybertronian technology.
  • Action Mom: Megan. Twenty years have passed, she has two lovely daughters, and upon her first return trip to Equestria, she carries a rifle with the express intent to kill a dragon.
  • Adaptational Badass: Both Big Macintosh and Prince Blueblood have past military experience in the Royal Tank Corps and Royal Guard respectively. They reactivate their commissions when Tirac returns.
  • Alpha Bitch: Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon, of course. They get taken down a few pegs by Danielle and Michelle.
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  • Alternate Continuity: The plot diverges from canon sometime shortly after "Owl's Well That Ends Well".
  • All There in the Manual: The author posts World Building and Back Story information in his blog, elaborating on things in the Hasbroverse that fans are curious about.
  • The Alliance: The Equestrian Alliance. It not only consists of the ponies, but also the Flutterponies, sea ponies, bees, griffins (that broke away from the Griffin Kingdoms), crabnasties, penguins, stonebacks, and several others. The Flutterponies, along with the bees, broke away for many centuries after the battle with Discord, but rejoined after Megan's return. Though it seems to run more like a Federation or a Republic.
    • The EDC is this for the nations of Earth, and contains refugees and immigrants from various races Earth has encountered. It's also allies with Starscream's Decepticon Faction, several other races, and the Autobots.
  • Alternate Universe: Takes place in what is known as the Hasbroverse (or Hasbro Earth), where many of the 1980's Hasbro/Sunbow/Marvel cartoons are canon (the cartoons themselves were originally linked by a parody of Geraldo Rivera named Hector Ramirez; certain other links also popped up from time to time).
  • All Your Base Are Belong to Us: After Tirac reveals himself, he launches Shadowbolt and Ursa Major attacks on Ponyville and Canterlot.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Caramel and Blues Noteworthy.
  • Another Story for Another Time
  • Arch-Enemy: Tirac is remembered by the legends and by Megan herself as her worst enemy. Naturally, he turns out to be the Big Bad.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: Becoming king of the dragon clans requires, among other things, a Klingon Promotion.
  • Back from the Dead: In Bring Them Back, Prowl, Ratchet, Ironhide and Brawn were brought back to life by the Quintessons.
  • Bad Liar: Megan can tell Applejack was lying since bearing the Element of Honesty makes her a terrible liar.
  • Badass Adorable: The Bushwoolies prove to be this during Tirac's attack on Ponyville, clustering together in a giant ball of fuzz, plate armor and weaponry that literally rolls over everything in its path.
  • Badass Bandolier: Megan wears one on her visits to Equestria, except at the Grand Galloping Gala.
    • Big Macintosh wears one with grenades during the attack on Ponyville.
  • Badass Bystander: During the attack on Ponyville, pretty much the whole town comes out to help fight back.
  • Badass in Distress: Megan is abducted by Tirac's forces, and instantly goes Die Hard on them.
  • Balkanize Me: It seems Ponyland actually was a united nation prior to Megan's arrival. However, twenty years earlier, Tirac killed Queen Majesty, which caused the country to collapse into various mini-states until Megan managed to reunite them.
  • Beam-O-War:
    • Princess Celestia gets into one with a Tirac-summoned Ursa Major.
    • During the Final Battle, Tirac summons the Rainbow of Darkness to hold off the Elements of Harmony, and does so successfully... until Megan shoots off his hands.
  • Big Bad: After almost thirty chapters of buildup and foreshadowing, it turns out that Tirac is the one responsible for Luna's corruption into Nightmare Moon, and in the present is now plotting revenge against Megan.
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • In Chapter 31, Trixie shows up just in time to save Danielle, Michelle, and the CMC from one of Tirac's Ursas.
    • Later, the Royal Guard shows up to help push the Shadowbolts out of Ponyville, saving Danny, Molly and the Princess Ponies in the process.
  • Boom, Headshot!: How Luna finishes off the last of Tirac's Ursas.
  • Brainy Brunette: Danielle.
  • Bullying a Dragon:
    • An author's blog entry explains that this is why G.I. Joe have disbanded and become governmental employees, and why Cobra will never be a threat in the story: Cobra no longer exists. See, while Cobra Commander was smart enough to realize that challenging the Decepticons was a seriously bad idea, Serpentor was... not that bright. Megatron utterly annihilated Cobra in retaliation for an assault launched on his undersea base; there are only twelve confirmed survivors by the time of the story. (Cobra Commander himself, Destro and The Baroness — who had quit Cobra and got married several years before Serpentor made his stupid decision — Storm Shadow, Zarana, Zartan's daughter Zanya, and half-a-dozen nameless Cobra grunts loyal enough to Cobra Commander that he took them with him when he escaped before the retaliatory strike). It's also rumored that Zartan survived, but it's unconfirmed. Now detailed in story form here.
    • Danielle and Michelle invoke this to get Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon to leave the CMC alone — they point out that the Princesses are their adopted sisters, and they can tell on them if they don't leave their friends alone.
  • Call-Back/Continuity Nod:
    • Michelle hugs Spike the same way Fluttershy did.
    • Apple Boom shook Danielle's hand hard like Applejack with Twilight Sparkle in the same episode.
    • Rainbow Dash flew to Megan's face, demanding answers until Applejack pulled her tail. Just like with Twilight Sparkle in "Elements of Harmony".
    • Megan mentioned meeting another zebra, which was Zeb from the original series.
    • In Chapter 6, Danielle pretends to be sick so she can stay home from school to visit Equestria. Then she elbowed Michelle to fake cough too. Just like with Twilight and Fluttershy.
  • The Cavalry: The dragons, Flutterponies, the Royal Guard detachment sent to Ponyville and Catrina and Rep serve as this during the climatic battles.
  • The Cavalry Arrives Late: After the Richards and Williams families, along with their government escort Minerva Yamamoto, return to Earth after successfully defeating Tirac, they find their farm and the Rainbow Bridge blockaded by a US military squadron and a couple of Autobots. Justified since they had to take time to mobilize and Minerva had no idea how to get any forces across the Rainbow Bridge without magic help, so when she informed the government, they were deployed in case Tirac's incursion succeeded and he set his sights on Earth.
  • Canon Welding: Places the original MLP show in the newest one's ancient past.
    • Also puts it in the same universe as the original Transformers, G.I. Joe,, Inhumanoids, the Dungeons and Dragons cartoon, and Jem.
  • Charged Attack: At the climactic battle against Tirac, Megan works the lever of her enchanted rifle multiple times to build up a truly devastating shot.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Shining comments that he and Cadance have known each other since before she foalsat Twilight.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: In this fanfic, though Star Swirl is known as a very powerful wizard, he's also considered an "utter nutter" to those who knew him personally. Something that surprised Twilight Sparkle.
    Twilight's jaw dropped. "Star Swirl the Bearded, a nut?"
  • Cool Gun: Megan's Marlin Model 1894 rifle, which she takes to Equestria to face down a dragon on her first trip back. Becomes even cooler when Celestia and Luna upgrade it with magical runes to fire lasers.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Megan and Mike both take weapons to the Grand Galloping Gala, just in case something happens.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: The offscreen backstory fight between COBRA and the Decepticons. Only a few of COBRA's higher-ups survived.
    • The author has now posted that battle from Cobra Commander's perspective. Well, actually his and that of a bunch of other Cobra operatives wanting to very much not be incinerated by giant robots with two gigs of attitude on a one-gig hard drive.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Megan has two daughters. Twilight is a talking pony. Megan warns her to expect this.
    • Michelle, the most obvious, due to wanting to comb every pony she sets her eyes on. Danielle, being the oldest and smartest, would try to hide this.
  • Damsel out of Distress: When Megan is captured by a returned Tirac, she finds a way to free herself and escape with her pistols and knife.
  • The Dark Times: The twenty years between Queen Majesty's death and Megan's arrival in Ponyland.
  • Dawn of an Era: The formation of Equestria.
  • Deader Than Dead: Seems to be the case with Tirac. He says he's already dead and the Elements dissolve him into nothing, the text implying they just destroyed his soul. Or sent back to the deepest of Tartarus.
    The Rainbow of Light enveloped Tirac, consuming his entire form. He cried out in anguish that faded into nothingness, followed quickly by his final vestiges of existence.
  • Dead Guy Junior: Retroactively so; Megan gave her daughter Danielle the middle name "Wind Whistler", after her pegasus friend. Of course, when she returns to Equestria, this trope becomes applicable when Megan finds out how much time has actually passed and that the Wind Whistler she knew has long since passed on.
  • Defiant to the End: Majesty, the last queen of Ponyland, when confronted by Tirac, fought him to the death, predicting his eventual defeat, with her last act to be to spit in his eye.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: When Tirac sends an Ursa Major to attack the heroes, Celestia gets into a Beam-O-War with it, but ultimately kills it. Which was what Tirac was counting on, as it left Celestia weakened.
    • The Mane Cast and Megan ultimately destroy Tirek once and for all.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: The ponies in Canterlot and Ponyville freaking out over The Mag'ne's return.
  • Eat Dirt, Cheap: As in canon, dragons devour gems as food. Here, they also can devour the gold in their Dragon Hoard to stoke their internal fire.
  • Embarrassing Old Photo: Megan, Molly, and Danny have plenty of these of Luna and Celestia, since it was the three of them who raised the two.
  • The Empire: The Griffin Kingdoms reformed as the Griffin Empire. Two of the kingdoms broke away before that happened and joined Equestria; Gilda and Gustav's families are both from those regions.
  • End of an Age: For the humans and most creatures who left beyond the land that became Equestria, and so begins a new era for the ponies.
  • Epic Flail: Big Mac wields what is effectively a wrecking ball attached to his tail against Tirac's Shadowbolt army.
  • Evil vs. Evil: COBRA vs. the Decepticons.
  • The Fair Folk: The Flutterponies has a few traits of this. Despite their friendship with the other ponies, they mostly like to be kept by themselves. But eventually decide to join the Equestrian Alliance. Only due to the trauma they suffered from Discord (especially Morning Glory), did Queen Rosedust sever their ties from the Alliance and remained in Flutter Valley. After Megan's return and Morning Glory cured, the Flutterponies rejoin the Alliance.
  • Fantastic Racism: Spykoran's hatred of the Ursas borders on this, though it's justified by them having apparently killed his family all except for his grandson's (Spike) egg in a previous raid on dragon lands.
    • Before the Equestrian Alliance was formed, the Unicorns, Pegasus ponies, and Earth ponies weren't very friendly with each other. It's also implied that the Sky Clans looked down on those Pegasus ponies who were raised on the ground, like Firefly. The same could be said about the Mages of the Rocks looking down on the unicorns growing up with the Earth and Pegasus ponies.
  • Field Promotion: When Blueblood reactivates his Royal Guard commission in order to help defend Canterlot from Tirac, General Spanish Steel promotes him from First Lieutenant to Captain on the spot to help coordinate things with Shining Armor.
  • Final Battle: Beginning in chapter 29, when Tirac reveals himself, and concluding in chapter 36 when the Mane Six and Megan face him down in the throne room of the Castle of the Two Sisters.
  • Fingerless Gloves: Megan wore a pair during her visits to Equestria. Danny also wears them.
  • First Contact: Technically not the first, but there are hints that Equestria and Earth are headed this way. Though in Earth's case, they already had a first contact of a different kind...
    • First contact finally happens in chapter 21.
    • Chapter one of Side Stories of First Contact has the first meeting between the Princesses, Twilight Sparkle, and Optimus Prime.
  • For Want of a Nail: The involvement of Megan and her family means that the Gala ends up going a lot better for the Mane Six. The only ones who don't fulfill their fantasies are Rarity and Rainbow Dash, and even then, Rarity and Blueblood part ways more amiably, while Rainbow Dash manages to have fun with Spike.
  • Foreshadowing: There were repeated references to Tirac throughout the story. Guess who turns out to be the Big Bad.
  • Forgotten First Meeting: Megan and Mike actually met when they were around 6, and she saved him from bullies. When Danny introduced him to Megan, it all came back to him.
  • Former Teen Rebel: Danny reveals in an embarrassing photo album that Celestia had a Goth phase as a filly, black hair dye, fishnets, makeup and all. (It's also revealed, but only to the audience, that Celestia still listens to The Cure in private.)
    Danny: I'm your adoptive uncle. It's my job to embarrass you.
  • Full-Name Ultimatum: Megan does this with Danielle when she decides to live with Twilight Sparkle. We learn her middle name is "Wind Whistler".
  • Generation Xerox: Not identical, but Megan is nevertheless stunned by Spike and Applejack.
    • Both cases are justified — Applejack is the descendent of the original, and Spike is G1 Spike's grandson.
  • God's Hands Are Tied: While she doesn't explain why, Granny Bonnie tells the Williams that she "could not be there" when the ponies needed her.
  • God Is Good: Granny Bonnie.
  • Godzilla Threshold: The Equestrian military's reference to an extreme emergency is Code: Tirac like Tirac himself coming back to life.
  • Gondor Calls for Aid: After Tirac reveals himself and kidnaps Megan, Celestia not only mobilizes the Elements of Harmony and the military, but summons help from Spykoran, Queen Rosedust, and the Princess Ponies.
    • While they don't get the initial call, Catrina and Reb hear about the situation while visiting the dragons, and join in.
  • Grand Theft Me: Tirac plans to do this to Megan in order to revive himself, and keep her aware enough to watch him destroy all she cares about.
  • Great Offscreen War:
    • In this universe, Celestia's battle with Nightmare Moon expanded into a war which lasted a year, known as the Nightmare War.
    • Hasbroverse Earth has had its fair share of great wars, what with COBRA, Decepticons and the Inhumanoids raising all sorts of mayhem worldwide. A recurring one is the Last Push, where the Earth Defense Force and the Autobots finally managed to oust the Decepticons from Earth.
  • Handicapped Badass: Danny is paraplegic. That doesn't stop him from raising hell with a shotgun in defence of Ponyville.
  • Hand Wave: Twilight never telling her friends about Shining Armor is passed off as it simply never coming up in conversation.
  • Happily Married: Megan and her husband Mike.
  • Has Two Mommies: The Princess Ponies created Celestia and Luna, and as such, the latter two view all six as their mothers.
    • To an extent, Megan and her siblings as well, though they're more surrogate parents to Celestia and Luna.
  • Heel Realization: Trixie had one in a flashback — after she was run out of town following the Ursa Minor incident, she initially swore revenge on Twilight for upstaging her. She then caught a reflection of herself in a puddle and saw how twisted by anger she was. This scared her straight.
  • Heroic Bystander: Mike Richards was this during his high school days, as he helped people during Decepticon and Cobra attacks.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: The reason why Danny is in a wheelchair. Back when they were raising Celestia and Luna as foals, Danny saved Luna from a falling tree branch. The branch impaled him in the back, making him paraplegic from the waist down.
  • Here There Were Dragons: Celestia tells Megan that the humans and humanoids (like the Moochick) had left centuries ago beyond the Equestrian borders.
  • Hidden Depths: Apparently the reason Prince Blueblood is a jerkass is because a lot of mares he flirted courted seemed to only care about his royal connection and his wealth rather than himself. He also was once a high-ranked member of the Royal Guard, but quit rather than take over because he saw the group as hopeless. This experience comes in handy when planning Canterlot's defenses during Tirac's attack.
  • Historical Hero Upgrade: In-universe example. In the original show, Megan was The Hero. Fifteen centuries of myths have spun her into the "Mag'ne", a quasi-divine figure. Likewise, her siblings Danny and Molly became the lesser-known but equally-revered figures of the "Dannile" and the "Mollye".
  • How the Mighty Have Fallen:
    • The Decepticons in this universe have fallen HARD, and are no longer the great threat to the Autobots and Earth that they once were.
      • One faction led by Galvatron still wages war from his home base, but his men are running out of Energon and morale, and all his former war cunning is disappearing under frustration and madness.
      • The other faction led by Starscream has the more "rational" Decepticons under their control, and they're negotiating a ceasefire with the Autobots, seeking autonomy while recognizing that the Decepticons have lost the Great War. By the time of "United We Stand," they've signed the treaty and are fighting alonside the EDC and Autobots.
    • Cobra was once a group that required Cold War-era Russia and the United States to team up their forces to defeat, with devious schemes and diabolical science. Then they decided to attack the Decepticons because Serpentor was an idiot. In a single day, the only remnants of Cobra were those under the protection of other factions, or went into hiding immediately.
  • Human Popsicle: In this fic's 'verse, Princess Platinum, Commander Hurricane, and Chancellor Puddinghead did not un-thaw and are still bound in ice. And alive.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Danielle, Megan's teenage daughter.
  • I Have Many Names: Besides the "Mag'ne", Megan is also known as the "Giver of Gifts", "Defender of the Stable", "Guiding Light", "Wielder of the Spear of Fire", and "Teacher of Knowledge".
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: When Tirac's forces attack Ponyville, Mayor Mare responds by getting smashed, leaving Twilight to handle organizing a response from the citizens.
  • Identical Grandson: In Chapter 25, Big Mac notes how the G1 Applejack resembles his sister.
  • Informed Ability: Megan Richards is described as a successful author. Then we get a brief look at My Little Horsey in chapter 17.
    • Specifically, we're shown the first paragraph or so, and it is a fairly accurate depiction of books written with young children in mind, and Megan does outright say that My Little Horsey is a series of children's books. Books that target audiences that young, however, are rarely bestsellers, a status that Megan also claims the series holds. This is not necessarily a contradiction; her books could well be a bestselling children's series rather than a general bestselling series, but it still could have been expressed better.
  • Innocently Insensitive: During a talk with Molly, Princess Cadance says how she wishes she could live in Ponyland and Dream Valley back in the old days. Molly thinks back about the Smooze and replies that she wouldn't.
  • Interservice Rivalry: Big Macintosh, a retired member of the Royal Tank Corps, doesn't think very highly of the Royal Guard. Surprisingly, Shining Armor agrees, and says he was appointed Captain of the Guard specifically to whip them back into shape.
  • Intrigued by Humanity: Lyra to Megan, obviously.
    • Inverted with Danielle, who's very intrigued by how the ponies could found a civilization.
  • I Should Write a Book About This: This is exactly what Megan did after her adventures in Equestria were over and she grew up; the "My Little Horsey" series is a popular children's book series on Earth, and her daughters are avid followers.
  • It's All My Fault: Luna blames herself for getting Danny paralyzed.
  • Journey to the Center of the Mind: Megan and Morning Glory's family perform this on her with Twilight's help.
  • Karma Houdini: In-Universe, Cobra Commander; despite the fact he is based off of his comic incarnation (making him a lot more ruthless, effective, and deadly), he's one of the very few Cobra members who survived the Decepticon assault and is currently living like a king somewhere in upstate New York.
  • Kent Brockman News: Rosie Ramirez (daughter of Hector) accuses Megan of being a pawn of our new pony overlords. She stops harassing Megan when Shipwreck reminds her about her interview with Stephanie Meyer.
  • Klingon Promotion: How one becomes king of the dragons. One must also give up one's hoard, however, resulting in more selflessness than this trope usually involves.
  • Kneel Before Frodo: At the end, Granny Bonnie and Faust the Scribe bow to Megan, Molly, and Danny for everything they've done for ponies.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Even Optimus Prime doesn't know where his trailer goes when he transforms (he, like many fans, believes it to be a subspace pocket).
    "'A Tail of Two Fillies'? Have you no shame?"

    Twilight blinked. "What?"

    Megan groaned. "Oh, come on! That's one of the worst puns I've ever heard! Well, maybe not the worst, but down there."
  • Legend Fades to Myth: This is what happened to Megan, Danny, and Molly. Becoming part of Equestria's mythology.
    Princess Luna: The turn of the wheel, the ticking of the clock as future becomes present, present past and past legend and myth.
  • Literary Agent Hypothesis: In-Universe: Megan wrote the My Little Horsey books, which unknown to the public were based on true events.
  • Make an Example of Them: When Serpentor launched an offensive against the Decepticons that merely resulting in a few scratches to their base and several energon cubes destabilized (which set back Megatron's schedule), Megatron decided to respond to the audacious assault and send a message to humanity at the same time - by exterminating COBRA to a man.
  • The Maker: Granny Bonnie, the Creator.
  • The Masquerade: Quickly defied. Megan briefly panics when she realizes Equestria's radio stations are unwittingly broadcasting through the portal, but Twilight doesn't really see the problem with mankind discovering the ponies' existence. The U.S. government's main concern, once they become aware of the Rainbow Bridge in Megan's backyard, is for official First Contact go off with as few hitches as possible.
  • Massive Multiplayer Crossover: Word of God has called it the Hasbroverse, though for the most part it's kept to fairly minor hints; G.I. Joe characters holding governmental jobs (General Hawk is now President Abernathy of the US, while his Oktober Guard (Russia's G.I. Joe equivalent) counterpart, Ivan Brekhov, is now Premier of Russia), Jem and the Holograms being a popular band, the existence of The Transformers (Megan and Mike apparently went to Autobot City on their honeymoon, Chip Chase is now an aide to President Abernathy), etc.
    • COBRA was pretty much destroyed in the mid-90s, with only a few higher-level officers (including Cobra Commander himself) surviving after Cobra attacked the Decepticons and were nearly annihilated in return. (A full account is detailed above in Day of the Broken Fang.)
    • The kids from Dungeons & Dragons did go there and come back, but it happened in the space of a single day. (It should be noted, this show was not aired in syndication, but on CBS, and it was produced solely by Marvel, with Sunbow not involved (Disney owns the rights to the cartoon now); presumably it counts because Hasbro owns the rights to D&D, having acquired Wizards of the Coast in 2000.)
      • In United We Stand, Albert "Presto" Preston appears as President Abernathy's magical expert.
    • The Decepticons fractured into two factions after the end of the original Generation One series, one still led by Galvatron and the other by Starscream.
    • In The Conversion Bureau: United We Stand (itself a crossover between the Hasbroverse and The Conversion Bureau), it's mentioned idly that the Inhumanoids exist on this version of Earth as well.
      • The author's blog confirms that Inhumanoids is part of the canonical core for the Hasbroverse (considering that the Earth Corps' member Sabre Jet was implied, by real name, to be the Joe team's Ace).
      • William Lennox appears in United We Stand. In the Hasbroverse, he's a General of the Earth Defense Command.
      • Robert Epps makes an appearance near the end of the story. Seymour Simmons, Tom Banachek and Theodore Galloway are also mentioned.
      • In United We Stand, Jack Burns shows up as Captain of the space battleship Enterprise.
    • The author also admits to using elements from the Marvel-produced comics of the series for some details — for example, Cobra Commander is based predominantly on his comic-book incarnation, meaning he was a lot more competent in this universe, as well as being a human ex-used cars salesman instead of an exiled serpent-man scientist (though he lived amongst Cobra-La briefly, and they came up with his cartoon backstory).
      • This is partially how the author justifies using the fanon character Dr. Whooves (a.k.a. The Doctor, reincarnated into a pony form) as a character; Marvel Comics actually had a character that crossed between their comic book runs of Transformers, Doctor Who, and the Marvelverse; a bounty hunter named Death's Head.
    • In Side Stories of First Contact, several chapters revolve around introducing ponies to Transformers.
    • The Misfits publically dated the Dreadnoks- at least up until the Insecticons went and ate the Dreadnoks for dinner.
    • Moochik from G1 MLP is the brother of the Dungeonmaster from the D&D cartoon. And the realm where the D&D cartoon took place may be where Moochik and the other humans from Equestria went off to.
    • It's hinted that this story will eventually fully crossover with the Lunaverse fics, due to a dimension-hopping Trixie from that reality popping up in the Hasbroverse in the story Culture Clashes.
    • Joe Colton (the original G.I. Joe) and his Adventure Team were mentioned in Day of the Broken Fang.
    • Vinyl Scratch played a song by The Rocking Beats.
    • Animated Wreck-Gar is the son of G1 Wreck-Gar and Nancy.
    • Michelle is friends with Cody Burns and Blythe Baxter.
    • The Functionalists from the IDW G1 comics were mentioned.
    • A FIMFiction blog post from the author confirmed that M.A.S.K. is also in-continuity; they were "adopted" by GI Joe in 2008 when they released a figure of Matt Trakker (as "Specialist Trakker").
    • Verity Carlo and Hunter O'Nion, human allies from the IDW G1 comics, appear as EDC soldiers.
    • In the omake thread, amongst other events, T-AI now lives at the Golden Oak Library (here she's the "daughter program" of Synergy and Teletraan-1), and Unit:E has been established by the EDC with a variety of characters- including Action Man, Rom the Spaceknight, a new M.A.S.K. led by Scott Trakker, William Fowler, the Centurions (now EDC Earth Corps members, with Max and Ace as women), and Elise as agents.
  • Mind Rape: During his original rampage, Discord performed a particularly brutal one on Morning Glory that left her almost completely unresponsive to those around her. Due to Rosedust isolating the Flutter Ponies after what happened, she's been that way for thirteen centuries. Fortunately, with Twilight Sparkle's help, Megan, Sparkling Dawn (Morning Glory's husband), and Blazing Day (her son), were able to break her out of it.
  • Mooks: Shadowbolts.
  • Mr. Smith: In "Contact Part Two", one of the agents is named Smith, and he's aware of the irony.
  • Mundane Object Amazement: Upon visiting Megan's home, Twilight Sparkle is utterly impressed with some of the human inventions like computers and microwaves.
  • My Greatest Failure: Celestia being forced to banish Nightmare Moon. She feels that she should have tried harder to help her, believing that Megan would have.
  • Mythology Gag: In chapter 19, two agents discuss how Admiral Hector Delgado (better known as "Shipwreck" from G.I. Joe) claimed to have seen a Pegasus, a nod to a never-animated scene from My Little Pony: The Movie.
  • Named by the Adaptation: The G1 Twilight's full name is Twilight Wish.
  • Narnia Time: For Megan and her siblings, it's been about two decades since the events of the old show. For Celestia, Luna, and any G1 character who's still alive, it's been around fifteen centuries. When the Rainbow Bridge is reconnected to Earth, the time difference between the two worlds vanishes, synchronizing both worlds to the same timescale again.
  • Neck Snap: Spykoran kills an Ursa this way during the fighting in Canterlot.
  • Never Got to Say Goodbye: Megan and the original G1 ponies. She finally gets her chance at the end of Chapter 36.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Like in the Pony POV Series, Discord destroyed the Rainbow of Light when Celestia and Luna attempted to use it on him, forcing them to convert its remains into the Elements of Harmony and resulting in Discord's first imprisonment.
    • Megatron and the Decepticons, on hearing that Cobra's attack mildly damaged one part of his ship and may have spilled some Energon, completely obliterates Cobra (save for a few scattered survivors that had either already left, fled, or went into hiding). His goal is to show the Puny Humans of Earth the price of meddling in Decepticon affairs! He's naturally shocked and annoyed when the reaction he gets is that they start sending him "Thank You" E-Cards.
  • No Hero to His Valet: Princesses Celestia and Luna may be the revered diarchy to all of ponykind, but to Megan, Danny and Molly, they would always be the two young foals that they helped raise from foalhood onwards, having witnessed everything from baby feeding, to child dress-up, to Celestia's Goth phase.
  • Noodle Incident: Megan apparently once punched Stephenie Meyer during an interview. (Though to hear Megan tell it, Meyer did swing first.)
    • In the epilogue, Danielle mentioned that her dad stopped some "psycho" in his high school during the 80's. this is later revealed to have been Sunset Shimmer.
  • No Indoor Voice: Princess Luna's traditional royal Canterlot voice is in full effect. Luckily, she tends to only use it to get ponies' attention and to announce things to groups of ponies. Otherwise, she speaks using her normal voice. She will, however, switch between the two without warning, which catches ponies and humans alike off guard.
    • Also, the full-sized dragons… which is understandable, seeing as how they are utterly massive. The one seen in the Everfree Forest when Spike ran away? Only came up to King Spykoran's chest.
  • No-Sell: King Spykoran of the Dragons is completely unfazed by Fluttershy's Stare.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: In one of the Side Stories, President Abernathy is worried the State Department might have one replace Megan as a representative, since everypony in Equestria will be displeased if Megan isn't involved.
  • Oh, Crap!: Multiple Cobra soldiers get this when they realize that Serpentor decided to attack the Decepticons in Day of Broken Fang, especially Cobra Commander. Some of the guards sent to arrest him jump ship the instant they're told why he objected to Serpentor's stupid, stupid plan.
  • One Steve Limit: Subverted. Because the Hasbroverse mashes multiple franchises together, we have G4 MLP Spike the dragon, a mention of Spike from G1 Transformers, and G1 MLP Spike as King Spykoran the Old. Also, G4 Applejack is said to be a direct descendent of G1 Applejack.
    • Also subverted with Wreck-Gar and his son (sometimes called Junior). Danielle pointed out, as with ponies, Transformers having the same names is rare.
  • One World Order: The omake thread mentions the Earth Republic.
  • Only Sane Man: Danielle tries desperately to be one only sane one of the Cutie Mark Crusaders. She could easily get along with the other sane person (or pony) Twilight Sparkle.
  • Original Character: Spellion, who's the Straight Stallion to Star Swirl.
  • Our Gods Are Different: Granny Bonnie and Faust, the Scribe.
  • Our Presidents Are Different: Clayton Abernathy a.k.a. General Hawk of G.I. Joe is President Action, obviously, with a bit of President Personable. His bodyguards have a tough time keeping up with him.
  • Overprotective Dad: Mike, when he learns Danielle almost got hurt.
  • Parental Substitute: Megan and her siblings, to Celestia and Luna (having raised them as fillies at the behest of the Princess Ponies).
  • Passing the Torch: After Danielle makes her case to effectively take a GAP year in Equestria before university, Megan passes her daughter her now-enchanted Marlin lever-action rifle.
  • Patchwork Fic: Blends the original My Little Pony with Friendship is Magic. Also, while Cobra-La exists, Cobra Commander's origin is that of his counterpart in G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero (Marvel), which is a human who used to be a used car salesman.
  • Present Company Excluded: After Twilight Sparkle ran out of the librarynote , Megan asked Spike what's up with her:
    Spike shrugged. "Mares. Who can figure 'em?" He suddenly blushed through his scales as he felt Megan's glare. "Present company excepted, of course."
  • Princesses Rule: Celestia and Luna say that the reason they're princesses instead of queens is because princesses are closer to their people than queens. Though Celestia later admits that in reality, they view themselves as regents holding the throne until Queen Majesty's true heir eventual comes forth.
    • There are hints that Twilight may be the one they're waiting on, but there's been no confirmation on that one way or another yet.
  • Properly Paranoid: The reason Cobra Commander wants nothing to do with Cybertronians is that one fine day, a typical Cobra operation got crashed by Decepticons shooting up the place. After Soundwave and Starscream decided that the fleshling with the stupid mask would make a nifty last survivor to tell the world that mighty Megatron meant business, he issued an order that when robots in disguise showed up, Cobra troops were to drop what they were doing and run.
  • A Protagonist Shall Lead Them: Megan, upon her return, according to the Prophecies of the Moochick.
  • Real Men Wear Pink:
    • Big Mac doesn't hesitate to call the Bushwoolies adorable.
    • Marvin "Roadblock" Hinton is a big fan of Megan's "My Little Horsey" series.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Surprisingly, this fic has perhaps some of the most rational, patient and friendly leaders of My Little Pony fanfics on both the pony and human sides. President Abernathy is more about peaceful contact than xenophobia, and even offers to fairly purchase land from Megan to build a new embassy and spacebridge for contact with Equestria. Celestia and Luna are the kind stewards of canon with little in the way of manipulating tendencies. Even the king of the dragons Spykoran is on good and fair terms with the other rulers. So is the Premier of Russia, Ivan Brekhov.
  • Reforged Blade: After Discord destroyed the Rainbow of Light, its remains were reforged into the Elements of Harmony.
  • Related in the Adaptation:
    • Caramel is part of the Apple family. He's a cousin of Big Mac, AJ and Apple Bloom.
    • Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash, and Applejack are the descendants of the G1 ponies Twilight, Firefly, and Applejack respectively.
    • And of course Spike is the grandson of G1 Spike, now called Spykoran the Old.
  • Retro Universe: Hasbro Earth has the same history as the real world. Though it also includes interstellar travel, which follows the continuity of The Transformers cartoon.
  • The Reveal: Chapter 28. Tirac is alive, and plotting revenge against Megan.
  • Rhymes on a Dime: Zecora, of course. When Megan questions it, she explains that it's part of her training in the mystical arts (specifically, it helps her remember the difficult parts).
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Applejack goes on one when she thinks the green dragon has murdered Twilight, Spike, and Rainbow Dash. Thankfully she is stopped — by Stephen Magnet, of all people — before she gets herself killed.
  • Rousing Speech: Blueblood gives one to the Royal Guard while preparing for Tirac's attack on Canterlot.
    "That is my ancestral home. I can trace my lineage all the way back to the original founders, mere weeks before King Invincible I founded the Ancient Kingdom of Ponyland. In all that time, through griffin invasions, Tirac killing Majesty, the dissolution of Ponyland, Discord and Nightmare Moon, the city has never fallen. And upon my horn, it will not fall to Tirac on this day! You are the Royal Guard, reborn and ready to do your duty in defense of this city and of Equestria! Stand proud and tall, ponies!"
    • Shining Armor gives a briefer one to his troops when arriving in Ponyville to fight off Tirac's forces.
  • Rummage Sale Reject: Rarity gives a friendly criticism on Megan's clothing on her return visit to Equestria. "The clothes are nice for off the rack. But really, Megan, wouldn't you want something with a bit more pizzazz? A bit more glamor, a bit more in the way of haute couture?" While Rainbow Dash says she'd fit right in at Applaloosa.
  • Sacred Scripture: The Prophecies of the Moochick.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When Serpentor ordered COBRA's attack on the Decepticons, Cobra Commander panicked, grabbed every bank book/PIN number he could find, hopped on a hydrofoil with a half-dozen loyal soldiers, and got as far away from Cobra Island as humanly possible. Hence why the reason he was one of the only members to survive the resulting massacre.
  • Secret Keeper: Celestia is the only one who knows Spike is the grandson of Spykoran, who prefers to keep it that way.
  • Self-Deprecation: Cadence and Shining Armor joke about waiting until the week of the wedding to tell Twilight.
  • Sergeant Rock: Macintosh's rank back when he served in the military.
  • She Is the King: According to Word of God, the ruler of the Dragon Clans is always called King, even if it's a female. So don't try to call her Queen.
  • Shipper on Deck: Mike (Megan's husband) and Applejack are trying to hook up Big Macintosh and Fluttershy. AJ claims she's actually been trying to do this for a while, but has been hampered by Fluttershy's shyness and Big Mac not feeling that he's good enough for her.
    • Granny Smith gets in on the action in chapter 24, while also commenting that AJ and Mike were laying it on too thick.
    • Big Mac appears to be this for Caramel and Blues.
    • Probably Megan for Danielle and Jimmy the pizza boy, to her husband's chagrin.
  • Ship Tease: Danielle and Jimmy.
  • Shrouded in Myth: Megan became, in Pony Mythology, the messianic Mag'ne, her home of Kentucky became the afterlife Key'Tuck, and we humans became the divine Herd.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Princess Luna becoming Nightmare Moon (flashback): "I am a princess! As written in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, all shall love me and despair!"
      • Everyone in Equestria were about to bow to Megan, Molly, and Danny the same way everyone bows to the Hobbits in The Return of the King. But Megan will have none of that.
    • It seems that Megan used to show young Celestia and Luna old episodes of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.
    • Too scared to face Tirac, Fluttershy asked to be "[talked] out of it!".
  • Something We Forgot: After an enormous party to welcome Megan and her family back to Equestria, where Megan met many old friends from Queen Rosedust and the Princess Ponies to King Spykoran, Celestia realises she forgot to introduce a new friend: her niece Princess Cadance and her fiancé Shining Armor.
  • Spared by the Adaptation:
    • Wheeljack and Windcharger survived the Battle of Autobot City.
    • Shockwave. His death was seemingly ambiguous in The Transformers: The Movie.
  • Spiteful Spit: Queen Majesty's final act before Tirac killed her many centuries ago.
  • Spit Take: Celestia's reaction to receiving Twilight's letter about Megan. Luna has almost the exact same reaction.
    • Also Twilight's reaction to finding out about Shining Armor and Cadence's engagement.
  • Start of Darkness: When Luna is explaining her transformation into Nightmare Moon, we get a flashback showing how it happened — a mysterious entity (Tirac) played off of her sorrow over none enjoying her night, turning it into envy and anger at Celestia, at which point she transformed.
  • The Stations of the Canon: Discussed in a blog posting. The author says the story will be trying to avoid these and be as original as possible.
  • Stay with the Aliens: At the end of the story, Danielle decides to defer her University of Kentucky scholarship for a year and live in Equestria for a while, studying pony culture. It helps that she was planning on majoring in anthropology.
  • Stop Worshipping Me: Megan and Mike are quite uncomfortable the way some ponies bow in their presence.
  • Suddenly Speaking:
    • Big Mac. Justified, since he talked in "Applebuck Season" pre-Flanderization.
    • Junkions don't talk TV all the time.
  • Take That!: Michelle's initial attitudes towards Twilight could be a Take That at the toy line whose main selling point was being able to brush their hair.
    • And when Michelle ends up going overboard with the Hair Decorations:
      Megan: Michelle, Twilight is not a toy.
  • Tall Tale: "She commanded Mount Eohippus itself to turn into Canterlot!"
    Megan: You have got to be kidding me on that last one! I told a mountain to reshape itself? What do they take me for?
  • Tempting Fate: Celestia before meeting Megan again says she's not to be disturbed, "Unless Tirac comes back, Discord breaks free and the two join forces." Guess who comes back a few days later? Now we just have to see if Discord gets free and the two team up.
    • Megan's family is also very wise about this, trying to keep those words from circulating.
  • The Glomp: Applejack gives one to Rainbow Dash after Dash, Twilight and Spike return from over the Rainbow Bridge, during which Applejack thought they'd been killed by the dragon.
  • The Theme Park Version: Molly uses these exact words to sum up the situation when she learns about how Megan became Shrouded in Myth over time.
  • The Knights Who Say "Squee!": Megan Richards née Williams spent her formative years defeating evil tyrants, uniting disparate pony enclaves, raising future monarchs and preventing all-out Sugar Apocalypses. Marvin Hinton is also Roadblock of G.I. Joe, the US's top special missions force, and strong enough to carry BFGs on a regular basis. When they meet, they eagerly ask the other to sign the former's children's book series and the latter's cooking videos.
  • This Is Reality: Played with, considering that it's the Hasbroverse.
    Chip Chase: I still get the shivers thinking about my first encounter with a Decepticon... There's nothing like a laser-spewing condor strafing your car to really wake you up to the real world.
  • Title Drop: "You have built Equestria with your hooves and mouths! Stand up, my little ponies!"
    • Day of the Broken Fang refers to the day Cobra was destroyed by the Decepticons.
  • Took a Level in Badass: He was already showing signs of this in the original show, but G1 Spike a.k.a King Spykoran the Old has apparently come a long way indeed.
    • The Bushwoolies too. At least the ones who became the Princess Ponies' honor guards.
    • Sting.
  • Too Dumb to Live: The Day Of The Broken Fang has Serpentor, who decided that it would be a great idea to attack the Decepticons' base of operations. Cobra Commander points out how monumentally stupid this is, even stating that no nation on earth has managed to do this successfully, or create anti-Decepticon weaponry without Autobot aid. He even points out that the members of Cobra who could do that had left, and that the ones remaining don't have the right scientific skills. When Serpentor decides to not listen, he runs like hell. He and the soldiers he convinces to come with him are some of the very few members of Cobra who survive that day, most of whom remain in hiding.
  • A True Story in My Universe: Megan's children's books My Little Horsey.
  • Twitchy Eye:
    • Rarity has a brief one when Megan says that she was in attendance at the original Grand Galloping Gala.
    • Twilight Sparkle, when Star-Swirl the Bearded is referred to as a "nut".
  • Unexplained Accent: In Martialartfruituser's live read, Megan, Danny, Molly and the G1 Applejack were given Southern accents, which they never had in the original cartoon. Speaking in a similar dialect as the Apple family. Mike, Danielle and Michelle were given the accent as well. Likely justified as the humans live in Kentucky. Martialartfruituser was inspired by this fanart, and has an accent himself. The accent compliments Megan's usual cowgirl attire.
  • Weirdness Coupon: Mankind takes the idea of inter-dimensional talking technicolor ponies surprisingly well. Then again, as Mike points out, "Stranger things have happened" in the Hasbroverse.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Blueblood calls Rarity out on only coming to the Gala in order to marry into nobility. Though she at least also gets him back by pointing out that he should have just ignored her if he had no intention of properly courting her.
  • Year Inside, Hour Outside: Megan's spent twenty years on Earth. When she returns to Equestria, it's been fifteen centuries from the ponies' perspective.note 
    • Later corrected: now that Earth and Equestria are connected again by the Rainbow Bridge, time moves at the same rate.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: When Cadence doubts that she's powerful enough to hold up a shield protecting Canterlot from Tirac's forces, Fancy Pants encourages her, saying that The Power of Love gives her all the strength she needs. It works.
  • You Remind Me of X: When Megan first meets Applejack, she gets a little choked up when remembering her identically-named old G1 friend all those years ago.
  • You Shall Not Pass!: The Princess Ponies declare this to Tirac's forces during the attack on Ponyville, and prove more than capable of pulling it off.
  • Zerg Rush: Tirac's forces lack any true strategy while attacking Ponyville and Canterlot, relying on numbers and brute force.

The Conversion Bureau: United We Stand contains examples of:

  • Absolute Xenophobe: TCB!Celestia is in fine form, and seems to be of the opinion that anything not pony needs to be pony, even beings that were native to Equestria. Just ask TCB!Spike, who's been turned into one.
    • Chapter 19 reveals that it wasn't just Spike who had this happen to them; for all intents and purposes, the TCB Griffins are extinct, converted by Equestria into Newfoals.
  • Adult Fear: All over the place.
    • Megan, once transformed, is terrified that Queen Celestia could use her to forcibly transform her family, particularly since she already tried to do that exact thing.
    • The stress that's shown from Hasbroverse Equestria getting cut off from Hasbroverse Earth, and how no one can contact the other side, is shown multiple times, particularly those who have family across the Rainbow Bridge and are worried that You Can't Go Home Again is in effect.
  • Alien Arts Are Appreciated: For the most part, harshly averted. TCB Ponies show instinctive disgust for anything related to humans or technology. Played straight with one of Shining Armor's unicorns, as when Jazz levels a sonic assault against Shining and his forces and blasts them with rock music, all of them fall to the ground in pain... save one, who starts headbanging and calling it awesome.
  • America Saves the Day: Averted by the author's own admission (as he personally hates this trope). The EDC is made of multinational forces, though given that the Rainbow Bridge (and thus, the Barrier) is in Kentucky, the American Government is given more time in the spotlight than other allied governments. Personal time is spent among French and Canadian forces.
  • Ascended Extra: One defender of Autobot City is Chief Master Sergeant Zoe Wiedler of the Earth Defense Force. She first made her appearance in the prequel Day of the Broken Fang as the new identity of ex-Cobra member Zanya, daughter of Zartan.
  • Ax-Crazy: One of the reasons that Starscream's faction of Decepticons is welcomed is that they take in defectors from Galvatron's faction, who don't want to follow the increasingly mad orders of its leader.
  • Badass in Charge: Every major faction that we've seen seems to have one. Clayton Abernathy, AKA Hawk, was a member of the GI Joes. A member of the Oktober Guard leads Russia, Optimus Prime leads the Autobots, Queen/Princess Celestia for both Equestrias... the list goes on.
  • Baleful Polymorph: The newfoals could be described as this. Megan's transformation was definitely this since it involved her being force-fed the potion.
  • Battle in the Center of the Mind: To free herself from her Pony form, Megan undergoes this.
  • Behemoth Battle: The Shattered Glass Autobots lay siege to Autobot City with Omega Doom, and Metroplex is deployed to face him. And then Omega Supreme gets in on the action.
  • Badass Boast: When confronted by TCB!Queen Celestia, Granny Bonnie has this to say.
    Granny Bonnie: Normally I like to think of myself as rather humble, not one to put on airs or brag. In your case, however? I held council with the One when he created Primus and Unicron. I shook my head in sadness as Unicron fell to corruption, and helped prepare Primus' children to stop him. When the Chronarcitect needed to correct the flow of time, he consulted my watch. I molded planets, stars, and galaxies and sent them spinning into the void. I started the Heart of Ponyland pumping, breathed the fire of life onto Equus. Metlar and his ilk are squabbling children to me. Discord and Tirac are annoying at the worst of times. Celestia, Luna, Cadance, the real ones are growing and maturing quite nicely, though they still have much to learn. As for you? I feel sorrow for you, that you've strayed so far from the path. I wish circumstances could have been different, yet here we are.
  • Big Damn Heroes: When President Abernathy decides to declare General Plan 24 (Orbital Bombardment) of the Neo-Equestrian barrier, only three of the Enterprise-class space battleships are in orbit to carry it out. Once they get the news, the other twelve Enterprise-class battleships of the EDC Navy take the fastest transwarp to Earth to assist. As later shown, it takes all fifteen Energon beams to just break the barrier.
  • Big Red Button: Lampshaded on the bridge of the Cool Starship Enterprise when Captain Jack Burns wonders why the command to initiate Order 24 (Energon cannon Orbital Bombardment) is this. His first officer chalks it up to EDC people being tremendous sci-fi geeks.
  • Blessed with Suck: Megan is transformed into a powerful alicorn... but since Celestia made the potion, it means Celestia can take control of her mind if she gets too close.
  • Boring, but Practical: Biohazard suits for armed forces are capable of preventing humans from getting ponified via potion, which makes sense, as they're designed to keep out much, much worse.
  • Canon Welding: The Conversion Bureau apparently takes place on the same Earth as Transformers: Shattered Glass. There is also reference to Unicron's attack on Cybertron in 2005.
  • Cheese-Eating Surrender Monkeys: Averted. One of the tank divisions to help hit the barrier is French. The author has stated his distate for this trope.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: TCB!Shining attempts to use pegasi to create a tornado to blow away human artillery positions so that they can advance. This ends very badly for them, thanks to artillery saturating the area with airburst explosives.
    • When the army tries shelling the Barrier the first time, TCB!Celestia takes out four of the artillery emplacements with no real effort by teleporting over them and dropping potion on the crew. This is after she shoots a laser from her horn and slices up several supersonic attack aircraft and tanking hypersonic rail gun rounds.
    • TCB!Shining Armor charges Jazz with a squad of unicorns. Jazz decides to unleash his full sound system on them. Almost all of the unicorns are sent reeling, except one who loves the music Jazz is using, who starts headbanging and complimenting his tunes.
    • Elita-1 versus Shattered Glass Grimlock lasts barely a minute, and she dominates the fight for the most part.
    • Queen Celestia vs. Granny Bonnie. One is an Alicorn. The other is a contemporary of The One, the individual who created Unicron and Primus, and personally made the My Little Pony world. It goes poorly for Queen Celestia.
  • Drama-Preserving Handicap:
    • King Spykoran is the largest, most powerful dragon in the RB universe, but his obligations as King prevent him from getting directly involved.
    • Megan gets turned into an Alicorn, great! She also has to stay in Rainbow Bridge Equestria, because otherwise TCB!Celestia can take over her mind - and even there, Xenolestia still has a tiny bit of influence.
    • The TCB!Ponies hijack the Rainbow Bridge portal, blocking the way from both ends. This traps the RB!Equestria from aiding Earth for much of the initial conflict, including Celestia and her allies.
    • While there are Autobots on Earth, and they do join the fight right away, the majority of those Cybertronians who want to fight are on Cybertron, and spend most of the story en-route to Earth.
    • Queen Celestia is kept busy trying to send her will to corrupt Megan from the inside, and thus is too busy for much of the story to do the fire-and-brimstone routine she is fully capable of doing, aside from a few early skirmishes.
    • Despite how massively useful that having another alicorn would be for the war effort, Megan is unable to use any of her magical power once she's returned to human form, as her body is not designed for it.
  • Dramatic Irony: Chapter 19 has Queen Celestia getting ready to move the barrier again, to stop the humans once and for all... unaware that an entire army of humans now has a foothold in her own country, captured a Newfoal Camp, raided Hoofington for food, and took multiple divisions of her own troops without firing a shot.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: None of the TCB!Ponies seem to understand why the RB!Ponies or the humans they're allied with think that the humans are monsters who need to be changed.
  • Evil vs. Evil: Tirac vs. Grogar in TCB!Equestria.
    • Starscream leads a faction of Decepticons who want the war to end, and in exchange for political considerations (being acknowledged as a real state, not having to worry about Autobots and Humans deciding to destroy him because he's a Decepticon, prisoner exchanges, etc.) he and his soldiers join the fight against the TCB Ponies.
  • Explosive Leash: TCB!Celestia recruits the Shattered Glass Autobots to her cause by planting explosive crystals next to their Spark Chambers while they were asleep, then threatening to detonate them if they don't comply.
  • Fan Boy: Spike (the Ponyville dragon), of the Dinobots.
  • Fantastic Racism: The TCB Ponies obviously hate humans, of course, but even between normal Equestrians and newfoals there's racism, as Sergeant Steady Hooves comments that at least he's a "True Equestrian," and not a "Jumped up ape."
    • TCB!Ponies tend to blame all violent impulses of the Hasbroverse ponies on their interactions with the humans. Rares accuses Rarity of this when Rarity confesses to knowing Equestrian Martial arts... only for Rarity to turn this back on Rares when Rarity tells her she learned it way before they made contact with the humans.
  • For Want of a Nail: The event that went wrong that caused the formation of TCB!Equestria instead of regular Equestria? Firefly didn't come back over the Rainbow Bridge, but the specific circumstances surrounding it are unknown, though since it was the Earth of Shattered Glass... Additionally, Majesty directly made Celestia and Luna to be the sword of the pony race.
  • Foreshadowing: When Twilight is channeling the energy of Autobot City through her in order to magically analyze the Potion, some of the power appears to be taking the form of wings on her back.
    • Throughout the story, multiple individuals have commented on how there's no way to support the population of Equestria and seven billion new ponies with their current farming infrastructure. Chapter nineteen shows the results of that.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Cobra Commander in this continuity is a blend of his cartoon and Marvel Comics incarnation, so here he's a former used car salesman who stumbled upon Cobra-La during a trek around the world; Golobulus created his cartoon backstory, as it would've been bad PR for him to have a human doing his dirty work.
  • God Guise: Inverted. At least one pony claims that Megan has finally shown her true form when she's seen as an Alicorn.
  • Godzilla Threshold: When the Conversion Bureau invasion of Earth looks like it's going to accelerate, President Abernathy makes preparations to enact General Plan 24 as the equivalent nuclear option - using three of their space battleships to conduct an Energon cannon Orbital Bombardment of the enemy beachhead barrier (which is in the middle of Kentucky) and glass it off the map.
    • It is finally enacted in Chapter 22 - with 12 extra battleships. The 15-barreled Energon blast is just enough to shatter the barrier.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: The TCB!Mane Six fall into three categories when they get their Elements revoked. Four of them get a My God, What Have I Done? moment. Twilight doubles down and claims that Celestia will destroy them. And Rares falls into this trope, trying to gather soil for an "Empire of Dirt."
  • Gondor Calls for Aid: When TCB!Celestia attacks, Optimus himself takes the fastest route from Cybertron to Earth with an army of Cybertronians.
    • In turn, TCB!Celestia decides to bring in the Shattered Glass Autobots, promptly renaming their Optimus to Nemesis Prime to avoid confusion.
    • The Autobots manage to forge a truce with Starscream's faction of Decepticons, and they're sending help to Earth as well.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Twilight Sparkle described Queen Majesty as such.
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Applejack lampshades this by pointing out that the Autobots wear less clothing than [the ponies] do.
  • Hold Your Hippogriffs: We have humans interacting with Ponies and Cybertronians, each with their own version of sayings such as "You read my Hard Drive" and "Everypony."
  • Homeworld Evacuation: One is being prepared by Earth in case the Barrier cannot be stopped. Unlike in "Other Side of the Spectrum" or other similar Conversion Bureau fics, this is feasible because of the Transformers's Space Bridge technologies, not to mention a functional space navy, offworld allies, and operational human offworld colonies.
  • Hulk Speak: Averted by SG!Grimlock, who is quite well spoken, even if he does have the habit of announcing himself as "I, Grimlock."
  • Humans Are Special: The Autobot-Decepticon war raged for tens of millions of years. Humans get first contact, and thirty years later, the war is largely over thanks to them forging an alliance of aliens and Cybertronians to ensure peace among the stars. This is of course the "Humans Build Communities" type of special, as seen in Star Trek or Babylon 5. It's unknown what, if any, form this Trope would apply to to the Shattered Glass humans, as they've all been Ponified by the time of the story.
  • Humans Are Warriors: As Jazz points out, humans aren't as defenseless as they were when the Transformers first made contact in 1984. With the help of the Autobots, they've driven the Decepticons from the solar system and are the glue of an interstellar alliance against the myriad threats of the Hasbroverse.
  • Hypocrite: One of the reasons the TCB!Elements claim that their version of Harmony is superior is that no one starves to death, that everyone is fed. Yet we see that Equestria simply cannot handle absorbing seven billion newfoals and can't keep up with food production, so there are people starving to death... and Twilight Sparkle knows this, as she handled a report that said this exact thing.
    • Also, for all that the TCB denounces humanity as barbaric and warmongering, Twilight Sparkle asserts that the ponies, especially Queen Majesty herself, do not have clean hooves in any sense of the word. Rainbow Dash even calls Majesty a grade-A psychopath.
    • Despite their claims that they are better and more enlightened, the TCB!Ponies were the ones to fire the first shots of the war between their world and the Hasbroverse. Even leaving out that Queen Celestia kidnapped and forcibly ponified Megan, her forces were the ones who launched a potion attack in the middle of a diplomatic meeting.
  • I Call It "Vera": This is what Captain Jack Burns calls the primary Energon cannon of his Cool Starship Enterprise.
  • Ironic Hell: Doctor Redheart was one of the ponies who supported converting the humans of the first Earth they came across, because she honestly thought that it was the best option (the Earth at the time was in the middle of a Cold War that was rapidly heating up). Now she's a doctor trying to keep the thousands of starving, malnourished, dying newfoals alive after the infrastructure of Neo-Equestria couldn't make enough food for seven billion new ponies plus the original population, and mass starvation is starting to affect the original Equestrians as well. Judging by her reaction when the camp she's in is liberated, she's well aware of how badly the original intentions have gone.
  • Know When To Fold Them: Neo-Equestrian Sergeant Steady Hooves and his spear-wielding squad, when faced with a detachment of human and RB!Equestrian tanks, decides to surrender to save the lives of his squad.
  • Mama Bear: When TCB!Celestia threatens to convert Megan's daughter Michelle, Megan is able to defy the potion's mind control, attack Celestia, and teleport her to safety.
  • Mirror Universe: Rainbow Bridge Equestria (the main setting of this story) vs. The Conversion Bureau Equestria. The former owes its existence to human civilization and the help of human individuals; the latter has already forcibly ponified its respective Earth (which was implied to be the Transformers: Shattered Glass variant). Inevitably, the two don't see eye to eye.
    • TCB!Celestia, meanwhile, decides to reactivate the SG!Autobots.
    • According to Redheart, the earth that Neo-Equestria first invaded was one in the midst of the Cold War, one that was heating up.
  • Mirror Match: Princess Celestia and Optimus Prive vs. TCB!Queen Celestia and Shattered Glass Optimus/Nemesis Prime. Five of the six fights between the Rainbow Bridge Mane Six and the Conversion Bureau Mane Six also count, with the sixth having Megan assist Twilight Sparkle against her counterpart.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Doctor Redheart, from the TCB version of Equestria, has been undergoing this feeling for a while, but she says it out loud when she hears exactly how bad the food problem is in Hoofington.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: The TCB!Ponies thought they were saving the Shattered Glass earth from Nuclear Annihilation of the Cold War. They may have... though given that the Cold War fizzled out without major conflict in both our earth and the Hasbroverse Earth, and that all the humans were ponified, we will never know. On the flipside, because they now have to share resources with six billion Newfoals, starvation and food shortages are now rampant in Neo-Equestria.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Flash Sentry accidentally spills that the vials that he had on him when he was captured were samples of the potion. This allows humanity, RB!Twilight, and the Autobots to begin working on an antidote.
    • The Conversion Ponies invaded Earth to destroy them. Unintentionally, this allows Starscream to get his foot in the door regarding peace talks between his faction of Decepticons and the EDC and its allies. Shortly after the talks are concluded, several Decepticons arrive on earth to help fight.
  • Noodle Incident:
    Megan: "We've got about a week, and I do not want Pinkie Pie overdoing it like with Danielle. Or when I went back to Equestria. Or when the Cake twins were born. Or–"

    Megan: "Michelle will have a nice, fun birthday party that won't force the police to come and politely ask us to stop it from overflowing into the streets."
  • Not So Different: The TCB!Mane Six insist that humans are awful, completely unlike ponies, which is why they need to be ponified. The RB!Mane Six fire back that Humanity and Ponies are Not So Different, that despite protests, ponies have had wars, insane beings, and animosity, pointing out to well-known historical figures from Equestrian history, such as Commander Hurricane and Queen Majesty.
  • Orbital Bombardment: Also known as the Earth Defense Force's General Plan 24 - bombardment of a ground target with the Energon cannons of as many Enterprise-class space battleships of the EDC as can be made available.
  • Orcus on His Throne: Queen Celestia stays off the frontlines of the war because she's spending a portion of her attention trying to bend a pony-fied Megan to her will. When Megan is freed from the spell, Queen Celestia has her whole, undivided attention on fighting the humans.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted. Spike the dragon (G4 Spike who lives in Ponyville with Twilight Sparkle) and Spike Witwicky are both characters in this story.
    • Since this is a story about an invasion from a parallel universe, there are multiple instances of certain characters. Usually their names are written differently to distinguish them, such as "Rarity" being the "normal" version, while the TCB version is called "Rares" when the two share a scene/chapter.
    • Averted in the case of Optimus Prime. His counterpart is named Nemesis Prime by Queen Celestia to avoid confusion.
  • Only the Chosen May Wield: An instance where the Chosen becomes unchosen - once the RB!Mane Six touch the Elements of Harmony of the TCB!Mane Six while delivering a "The Reason You Suck" Speech of why they've become antithetical to their Elements, the TCB!Elements rejudge their wielders, find them wanting, and abandon them.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: TCB!Twilight is shocked to see Queen Celestia sleeping, as are the Queen's guards. She's actually using her link to Megan to try to convert her to the Queen's way of thinking.
  • Other Me Shocks And Horrifies Me: The TCB!Mane Six are shocked and horror-struck that their versions from this universe not only like the humans, but also revere them and allow their technology into Equestria (big no-no's for "The Conversion Bureau" ponies). The RB!Mane Six are at least equally horrified, if not more so, when they find out what their counterparts pulled on another Earth.
  • Puny Humans: To the TCB!Ponies, humans are this - they're weak and need to be uplifted for their own good. This trope is actually averted in the story proper, with even Jazz pointing out that they're not as defenseless as they were when the Autobots first came back online. It's telling that Starscream's terms for his Decepticons' surrender specifically mention that they won't be hunted by Autobots or humans.
  • Reality Ensues: TCB!Equestria saved seven billion humans, yay! Just one small snag- the number of newfoals is dropping rapidly. Despite Equestria's claims that no more need to starve, the conversion of one Earth just dumped seven billion new mouths to feed on a population - and system of infrastructure - that was not equipped to deal with that. Already, food shortages are cropping up, newfoals are starving to death, and the farms are quickly getting drained of nutrients from their soils (which will only make the problem worse).
    • When the Barrier first crops up, who does President Abernathy consult? His magic expert, of course. It's been decades, and magic is a real, proven fact in the Hasbroverse (not just with the ponies), so it makes sense that there's experts for world leaders about things like the supernatural.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: After he gets shot down, Flash Sentry is surprised that the humans are willing to take him prisoner (and not just shoot him in the head, or torture him).
    • President Abernathy goes up to the Barrier to try to talk things out with TCB!Celestia, to inform her of the consequences and what the possible results will be. He does not say that the World will go to war, just that that is a possible outcome of TCB!Celestia's actions. He tries to be reasonable in every meeting he has with TCB!Ponies, even when their version of the Mane Six land on the White House lawn after the ponies converted one of his personal guard, and major combat operations have commenced. Only after he's positive that there's no way to avert war does he stop trying to talk.
  • Retcon: Word of God originally had the Combaticons (except Swindle who already left) killed off in an ambush in 2009, until he decided to bring them into the story.
  • Running Gag: A tad on the Black Comedy side of things, but TCB!ponies asking TCB!Spike to write letters or take notes for them... except that since he's been turned into a pony and thus has no hands, he can't actually write anything.
  • Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: An Alternate Universe Discord warns Alternate Celestia and Luna that they'll be defeated by Megan some time in the future. This is implied to be Alternate Celestia's Freudian Excuse for starting the conversion bureaus, something Megan takes exception to. The conclusion is still a long way off, but all signs point to it being this.
    • Seems to be partially true, but not the real reason XenoCelestia is very xenophobic.
  • Shout-Out:
    • "We have an Optimus Prime."note 
    • Cybertron orbits Wolf 359.note 
  • Start of Darkness: We see a flashback explaining why TCB!Celestia is so afraid of humans. Discord warned her about them, saying they would defeat her. Later on, we see that the event that changed everything was far earlier than expected - TCB!Firefly never returned from over the Rainbow Bridge.
  • Tank Goodness:
    • The main place where humans are seen in Equestria is at an army base where tanks are stored, both human and pony. Later, RB!Luna opens a portal from their base to TCB!Equestria for them to cause mayhem.
    • One of Blitzwing's alt-modes (he's a Triple-Changer, he has three transformations instead of just two) is that of a tank.
    • In chapter 19, a group of human tanks runs into a group of Neo-Equestrian soldiers. The soldiers surrender when it's pointed out that all they have are spears, while the other side consists of over a hundred tanks.
    • Human hovertanks are deployed against Shattered Glass drone robots.
  • Teleport Interdiction: The Conversion Bureau's invasion of Earth also cut their own Equestria off from Earth. Some work is done to figure out how to get around it.
  • Tempting Fate: At the start of the story, Megan prepares for Michelle's 11th birthday party by using Reverse Psychology on fate and shouting to the sky that everything will go wrong. Unfortunately, fate decides to oblige and the Neo-Equestrian Invasion starts shortly after.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: The final confrontation between the Mane Six of both worlds leads to the Rainbow Bridge versions spelling out exactly how their TCB counterparts have, through their support of Queen Celestia's xenophobic doctrine, become antithetical to the Elements they carry. And when the TCB!Elements of Harmony realize this, things go badly for their now-unworthy wielders.
  • This Means War!: After his first diplomatic attempt to communicate with Queen Celestia ends with a Secret Service member getting pony-fied, President Abernathy makes a formal declaration of war against Neo-Equestria, with many allied countries and the Autobots following suit as per the Geneva Accords.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Little Strong Heart, a buffalo, was just another member of her tribe when we first saw her. Now she's the ambassador to Cybertron.
    • Humanity in general. In between the many alien invasions, crisis, and general weirdness that's been happening since the days of Cobra and the Decepticons, mankind is now no longer in desperate need of the Autobots (or other aliens) to fight their battles for them - they've got weapons, technology, and even magic of their own.
  • Utopia Justifies the Means: In talking between Megan's Elements and TCB!Celestia's Elements, the latter holds this as their justification for helping with ponyfication.
  • War Fic: Not to an outrageous extent, but it is a story about an enemy invasion of ponies that wish to convert the humans of Earth against their will. Said humans and all of Earth's allies object strongly... with guns.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: TCB!Celestia. From what we see of other members of her government, including Shining Armor and the TCB!Elements, this seems to be a widespread belief.
    • Depending on if Redheart was telling the truth or not, the first Earth that was encountered was in the midst of the Cold War, and it appeared to be ramping up. Many ponies actually wanted to save the humans, and didn't look down on them. That being said, in the same chapter, it's revealed that all the other sentient races of Equestria's world were ponified as well before the jump was made to the first Earth.
  • Wham Episode: Chapter 17. The Moochick is still alive, Granny Bonnie appears and helps free Megan from Queen Celestia's spell, reverting Megan to human form again, and in the process permanently removes part of Celestia's power (a very, very small amount of it, but still some). Additionally, Bonnie reveals that she has stood alongside other massively powerful beings in the Hasbroverse, including The One, the Creator God of the Transformers mythos.
  • What Does She See in Him?: Gender-reversed. Megan mentioned how Danny had a crush on the "psycho"note  mentioned in The Elements of Harmony and the Savior of Worlds.
    • Nearly this exact sentiment is expressed by the TCB!Ponies about their Rainbow Bridge doubles regarding humanity.

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